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Portsmouth 3-1 Bristol Rovers

Michael Smith's first Portsmouth goal helped put their League Two promotion bid back on track with a 3-1 win over Bristol Rovers at Fratton Park.

The Swindon loanee headed home just before half-time after Gareth Evans' earlier chip from close range.

Substitute Marc McNulty completed the win in the second half as Pompey jumped above Rovers into fifth.

Lee Brown scored a late free-kick for the visitors who drop out of the play-off places into eighth.

Portsmouth assistant manager Leam Richardson told BBC Radio Solent:

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Richardson on Pompey v Bristol Rovers

"The result's obviously what we're looking for but the performance secondary is very pleasing.

"The manager, the lads, they wanted to give a performance full of energy, full of life and certainly the first half we got that.

"I think you've seen glimpses today of [Smith]. I've worked with him before, he's a very technically gifted player, he's a goal scorer. The more minutes he gets the better it is for Portsmouth FC."

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 27Fulton
  • 2Davies
  • 6Burgess
  • 4Webster
  • 3Stevens
  • 8Doyle
  • 33Close
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forMcGurkat 74'minutes
  • 26Evans
  • 23BennettSubstituted forChaplinat 86'minutes
  • 21SmithSubstituted forMcNultyat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McGurk
  • 10McNulty
  • 15Barton
  • 18Tollitt
  • 19Chaplin
  • 20Clarke
  • 35Bass

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 4LockyerBooked at 90mins
  • 6Parkes
  • 3BrownBooked at 39mins
  • 16LawrenceSubstituted forLinesat 77'minutes
  • 7MansellSubstituted forMontañoat 55'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 24Sinclair
  • 23Bodin
  • 17EasterBooked at 25minsSubstituted forTaylorat 55'minutes
  • 30Gaffney

Substitutes

  • 5McChrystal
  • 8O Clarke
  • 10Taylor
  • 14Lines
  • 21Montaño
  • 25Puddy
  • 33Fallon
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
17,808

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home19
Away6
Shots on Target
Home12
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away0
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 3, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 3, Bristol Rovers 1.

Booking

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Doyle (Portsmouth).

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 3, Bristol Rovers 1. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Portsmouth).

Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Adam McGurk (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Michael Doyle (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Kyle Bennett.

Booking

Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Close (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Lee Brown.

Attempt saved. Adam McGurk (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers).

Adam McGurk (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt saved. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt saved. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Chris Lines replaces Liam Lawrence.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 3, Bristol Rovers 0. Marc McNulty (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kyle Bennett.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Adam McGurk replaces Gary Roberts.

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth).

Liam Lawrence (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Liam Lawrence (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Marc McNulty replaces Michael Smith.

Ben Davies (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Adam Webster (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton29204555312464
2Plymouth30185746262059
3Oxford Utd291510448272155
4Wycombe3014793629749
5Portsmouth291212548262248
6Accrington27146747321548
7Mansfield32139104337648
8Bristol Rovers30145114032847
9Leyton Orient31121094645146
10Wimbledon29129846361045
11Cambridge31128114443144
12Carlisle2711974541442
13Exeter29117113941-240
14Luton31108134345-238
15Crawley31114163652-1637
16Morecambe31106155257-536
17Barnet29106133844-636
18Notts County28106124148-736
19Stevenage32810144254-1234
20Newport2979133343-1030
21Hartlepool2783162644-1827
22Yeovil3059163146-1524
23York2958163153-2223
24Dag & Red3048183054-2420
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